For immediate release:
DOVER, MA – On Tuesday, May 5th, 2015, at 8:20pm, the Dover Emergency Communications Center received a wireless E-911 call reporting an unconscious 28 year old male in the parking lot of the Dover Market at 14 Springdale Ave. The caller stated the man was suffering from agonal respiration and believed he had overdosed on an unknown drug.
Moments later, Sergeant Aaron Mick and Detective Rich Collamore arrived on scene and immediately began rendering aid. Due to the patient’s altered level of consciousness and difficulty breathing, they administered Naloxone, commonly known by the brand-name Narcan®. Used for patients who are believed to have taken an overdose of an opioid medication or drug, the muscosal-nasal injection of Naloxone instantly revived the man. He was transported by the EMTs on the Dover ambulance to the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Needham, with the assistance of Medics from the Needham Fire Department.
Dover Police officers were trained in the use of Naloxone this past fall and this was the first time they had occasion to use that training. Naloxone is an easy-to-use, lifesaving antidote to overdoses from heroin, oxycodone or other opioids and has been used in hospitals for decades. The medication has no abuse potential and can be administered with basic training. Each patrol cruiser is equipped with this medication to expand the care provided to our citizens and visitors.
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